TdS Report #37: Photos
Photographs from the Tour de Sol:
Solar Black Bear with 1 kiloWatt of its solar panel deployed.
The other kiloWatt is still folded on the truck behind the cab.
This truck provides the electricity for the Tour de Sol displays
sound system and other uses. The energy from the solar panels on the roof
is stored in batteries in the truck. Inverters deliver 120 Volts AC.
"I've found the loose wire!"
"Now if someone will just pull on my feet, gently ..."
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The Road Rally portion of the Tour de Sol officially started on Tuesday,
14 May 2002, on the Capital Mall.
The GEM neighborhood vehicle sold by DaimlerChrysler.
There were two events with students racing their battery-powered car designs.
This is the drag-race ...
and this is the hill climb.
A lot of pictures like this one were taken on the Capital Mall.
Visitors on the Capital Mall.
This bus promoted the use of soy bean oil as a fuel ...
and publicized its milage.
Nancy Hazard, Director of the Tour de Sol, speaking with the press.
brings his one-man solar powered band to the Tour.
He has been to several past Tours and will be along for the entire week.
Environmental Protection Administrator Christine Whitman visited and spoke
at the Tour.
She and her staff arrived on bicycles.
In this photo of AVS hybrid-electric bus you can see the Capstone micro-turbine
generator unit on the left.
Warren Leon, Executive Director of NESEA.
The DiamlerChrysler "Natrium" on display.
Mirrors on the ground let you see the components underneath.
Here you can see the Millennium Cell components.
At the middle of the picture are the reactor and related components.
There are two plastic tanks visible at the bottom of the picture.
The one on the left contains the sodium borohydride solution.
The one on the right collects the "exhaust", a mixture of borax and water.
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After leaving Washington DC on Tuesday, the Tour overnighted at the
Sandy Point State Park, near Annapolis Maryland.
A popular student activity and sport is to build these electric cars
and race them.
Here is one with its skin off.
Another, with its skin behind it.
I think that driver is a bit old for high school.
Another popular student activity is the Junior Solar Sprint races.
Students are given a solar panel and electric motor, and must construct
a car that runs on sunlight. We had plenty of sunlight most of the day.
The GEM vehicle is particularly popular in the sun-belt states.
It is easy to see why that would be.
Sungo starting the next leg of the Tour.
Note the earth-flag waved to start the rally.
The AVS bus on its way to Chesapeak City.
A series of students each got to wave the starting banner at Sandy Point.
Carl Vogel is smiling because the Electric Hog decided to start working
He won't be able to compete in the rally since he was unable to go through
the Technical Testing.
Still he has decided to come along for the whole Tour and display his
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Thursday, 16 May 2002 saw the Tour in Philadelphia.
This variation on the theme of rickshaw has an electric assist.
And this variation on that variation does also.
This is another take on the small racing electric vehicle.
You have to get down low to see into the Viking 23 from Western Washington
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